Tip #3 – Safety Issues!

Tips For Teachers: Tip #3 – Safety Issues!

Tips For Teachers: Tip #3 – Safety Issues!

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Safety Issues!

The current school year is coming to an end soon, and we are all starting to look at the list of new students we will be working with next September.

If you are working with a student with special educational needs in September, I have some tips for you!

Today I will share Tip #3

Safety Issues!

Before September, remember to ask this ONE question to parents of new children coming into your classroom:

How can I keep your child safe?

Children with special needs, particularly younger ones, might need to be fully supervised as they might not always have a sense of danger and safety yet.

Ask families if there are any issues concerning safety, and talk to your team to provide additional support.

Some children might be inclined to run away, so you need to make sure the child’s SNA supervises the child closely in all spaces that are not enclosed.

Some other children might be too unsteady on their feet, and they could be easily knocked over if other children bumped into them.

Find out if parents have any safety concerns and make a plan with your team accordingly.

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Tip #2 – Take Photos!

Tips For Teachers: Tip #2 – Take Photos!

Tips For Teachers: Tip #2 – Take Photos!

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Take Photos!

Today’s tip involves taking your camera out (or your phone), taking photos of the school, and not forgetting to take a selfie. Why?
Because you want to create a photo book for your new student.

So today I will share Tip #2

Take photos!

Creating a book about the new preschool or school will help your student get familiar with what he/she is going to find there next September.

Take pictures of the main entrance, the hall, the classroom, the yard, the P.E. hall and even less fancy rooms such as the toilet area.

Try to capture small details in the school: the book corner, paintings on the corridors, or any interesting toys you might have in the classroom, so the child starts looking forward to going to the school and seeing all these things.

Don’t forget to include pictures of the child’s teachers, SNA, the school principal, and even the school secretary, who might greet the child every morning.

Email the pictures to the parents or print them to create a “School Book” for the child.

This book will give the child an opportunity to get familiar with the new place, so he/she knows what to expect on the first day of school, which will help a more smooth transition.

If you would like to feel confident and prepared to work with students with autism, or you want to continue to grow your knowledge on ASD, I have something for you.

In July, my team and I will be teaching a 2-day course, Introduction to Autism. You can join us live, or watch the online recording afterwards on our course website.

For more information, click on the link below. I hope you join us in making classrooms more inclusive for all children.

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Tip #1 – Call and say hi!

Tips For Teachers: Tip #1 – Call and say hi!

Tips For Teachers: Tip #1 – Call and say hi!

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Call and say Hi!

The current school year is coming to an end soon, and we are all starting to look at the list of new students we will be working with next September.

If you are going to be working with a student with special educational needs in September, I have some tips for you.

Today I will share Tip 1:

Call and say Hi!

Yes, the first tip is as simple as calling the child´s parents and introduce yourself.

All parents may be a bit anxious when children start preschool or school for the first time. This anxiety is undoubtedly more significant if the child has additional needs.

These anxieties and worries can be relieved by the school or preschool making contact with the family.

Even if not all the information is available at this point, such as how much support the child will receive or the SNA allocated, families will appreciate being contacted.

Acknowledge the fact that the child will be in your class and briefly share how you plan to support him/her. For example, let them know that you will be offering an appointment for the child to visit the school, when will they know which SNAs is allocated to the child, and offer to answer any questions they may have.

Families will be relieved to see that you are already thinking of them and planning for their child starting in your class.

If you would like more support and guidance on working with children with special needs next September, check out my 2-day summer course.

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